Kariega Main Lodge

Kariega Main Lodge

Kariega Game Reserve

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Kariega Main Lodge

Kariega Game Reserve


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Only 80 minutes east of Port Elizabeth, a visit to Kariega Game Reserve is the perfect extension of your trip along South Africa's famous Garden Route, between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Set high above the spectacular Kariega River Valley, this 10,000 hectare malaria-free reserve is home to game and wildlife such as lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, hippo, giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, waterbuck and a variety of antelope, as well as a myriad of bird species.

For those who want to do more than merely relax and enjoy the idyllic surroundings, there is plenty to keep you busy at Kariega Main Lodge.  A host of activities are offered, including morning and afternoon game drives, guided bush walks, fishing, bird watching, canoeing, and the ever famous river cruises on the Kariega Queen.

There is also a Wellness Centre where guests are able to enjoy massages, facials, manicures and pedicures in a lovely relaxed atmosphere. For the more energetic there is a very well equipped gym with a beautiful view over the valley.

The accommodation at Kariega Main Lodge consists of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom log chalets, making this the perfect destination for groups of friends and families seeking a special safari holiday of a lifetime. Each chalet is decorated in an ethnic style and are very spacious. A number of the chalets have a private pool. There are 21 chalets in total.

The family pub and restaurant, nestled in indigenous bush with commanding views of the reserve, serves tasty traditional South African cuisine, or guests can enjoy the experience of a meal in the open-air boma. To cool off during the heat of the day, dive into the river or relax at the sun-splashed main pool areas.

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Our standard rates for a 1 Bedroom Log Chalet
DatesPriceBasisTypeNights
1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019 GBP 224 USD 271 ZAR 4,082 EUR 244 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
1 October 2019 to 17 December 2019 GBP 276 USD 334 ZAR 5,042 EUR 301 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
18 December 2019 to 31 December 2019 GBP 305 USD 369 ZAR 5,570 EUR 333 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
18 December 2019 to 10 January 2020 GBP 305 USD 369 ZAR 5,570 EUR 333 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
11 January 2020 to 31 January 2020 GBP 295 USD 357 ZAR 5,377 EUR 321 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
1 February 2020 to 29 February 2020 GBP 321 USD 388 ZAR 5,858 EUR 350 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
1 March 2020 to 30 April 2020 GBP 295 USD 357 ZAR 5,377 EUR 321 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
1 May 2020 to 30 June 2020 GBP 242 USD 293 ZAR 4,417 EUR 264 per person sharingStandard Rate (1-3)1 to 3 nights
1 May 2020 to 30 June 2020 GBP 242 USD 293 ZAR 4,417 EUR 264 per person sharingStay Pay (4/3)4+ nights
1 July 2020 to 30 September 2020 GBP 242 USD 293 ZAR 4,417 EUR 264 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
1 October 2020 to 17 December 2020 GBP 295 USD 357 ZAR 5,377 EUR 321 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
18 December 2020 to 10 January 2021 GBP 321 USD 388 ZAR 5,858 EUR 350 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights

Prices are on a per person sharing basis (pps).

Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.

In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Kariega Conservation Levy (pppn)
DatesPriceBasisTypeNights
1 January 2019 to 10 January 2020 GBP 7 USD 9 ZAR 130 EUR 8 per person per nightStandard1+ nights

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Rates Include

All meals; the Conservation and Community Levy; and 2 shared game activities per day are included.


Children Policy

Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Children under 5 are not allowed on normal game drives, and children under 16 are not allowed on bush walks. Babysitting services are available.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve. 

The final decision on whether a guest can join a guided bush walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.


Children under 5 years may go on game drives on the Kariega Reserve where they are able to enjoy rhino, hippo, giraffe, zebra and various antelope species, and are also welcome to join the morning game drive/river cruise combination activity.

Unfortunately, the lodge is unable to take younger children into the more dangerous sightings of lion and elephant, for safety reasons. Babysitting services are available while parents go on these game drives - rates available on request.

A qualified game ranger also takes children of all ages on a guided walk for a 'once in a lifetime' experience. This walk is undertaken on the eastern side of the reserve which is abundant in game.

Upon departure, the ranger will issue a 'Junior Rangers Certificate' to all children, which is a lovely reminder of their visit to the Kariega Game Reserve.


All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Kariega Main Lodge can be included in you own dream holiday.

Whales, Wine and Wildlife

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The PortsWood
The PortsWood
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The Cape Winelands
138 Marine
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Kariega Main Lodge
Kariega Main Lodge
Kariega Game Reserve

Destination: South Africa.

A winning holiday which, if you travel during July through to October/early November, will give you the opportunity to spot whales from the shore or from a boat-based trip out into the ocean - or even from the comfort of your bed! Add onto this wine-tasting and Big 5 wildlife game drives - and you will wonder why you haven't done this years ago!

This is a 12 night itinerary including Cape Town, The Cape Winelands, Hermanus, The Garden Route and Kariega Game Reserve.

Based on 4 Star Accommodation:

  • 3 Nights at The PortsWood
  • 2 Nights at La Fontaine
  • 2 Nights at 138 Marine
  • 3 Nights at The Rex Hotel
  • 2 Nights at Kariega Main Lodge
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Sensational South Africa

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Lawhill Luxury Apartments
Lawhill Luxury Apartments
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Kariega Main Lodge
Kariega Game Reserve

Destination: South Africa.

A host of world-class destinations are yours to enjoy during this classic family holiday, with endless attractions to keep anyone of any age entertained and amused for days. Beaches, whales, wildlife - it's all jam packed into just 12 nights.

This is a 12 night itinerary including Cape Town, Hermanus, The Garden Route and Kariega Game Reserve.

Based on 4 Star Accommodation:

  • 4 Nights at Lawhill Luxury Apartments
  • 2 Nights at 138 Marine
  • 3 Nights at Knysna Hollow Country Estate
  • 3 Nights at Kariega Main Lodge
Price Per Person From

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*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.

Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.




Guest Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 based on 34 ratings




Start TestimonialWe had a brilliant holiday and all the arrangements made by Travel Butler went like clockwork. Advice and service was excellent. Safari was amazing - the lodges had everything (fabulous views, private, own pool and decking) but not the plushest - but we knew that from the price. Value for money at the lodge was excellent and staff were so friendly and helpful and the animals we saw - fabulous! End Testimonial

N HAIGH

Start TestimonialKariega was AWESOME! We had a perfect stand alone 3 bedroom lodge with fireplace. Could not have been better except if closer to main lodge as it was a bit of a walk. We had the head ranger - Daniel - and he went out of his way to give us a great experience. He offered us special extras since we were staying for 4 nights, including a camp out in the bush and a boat trip to the beach (we did the former but too windy for the latter) - it was awesome. Our own private campsite, bar, chef, dinner and a walking safari - all at no extra cost. We took a Landy to a boat and then hiked for an hour to the (upscale) campsite. Wow. They were great at Kariega - 8 game drives in all and the coffee/cocktail breaks were fantastic. My only small complaint is that the food could have been a bit better (more variety in salads and better lunch and dinner main courses). But we were not there for the food and it was nonetheless fresh and delicious for the most part. Safaris were amazing - saw lions licking fresh kill bloody from their faces. Elephants walked so close to our Landy that they practically brushed up to our arms. We rated it our best vacation...EVER. Thank you.End Testimonial

G REDMOND

Start TestimonialMany thanks for your help in booking our Safari at Kariega. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the lodge and really appreciated all the wonderful experiences with the animals at the Safari Park. We took hundreds of photos of the Big Five and the whole trip was well planned and organised. We look forward to contacting you again if future for our travel needs. Also congratulations on being awarded the best tour operator of SATOA awards. End Testimonial

B HUNJAN

Start TestimonialJust a quick note to say a big thank you to both you and Anneli for the great service we got with this holiday. The Kariega Game Reserve was most enjoyable. We were very lucky to get the services of Daneil the head ranger of main lodge, as there was nothing he does not know about animals and he made us very welcome. A terrific effort and once thanks for the great service.End Testimonial

P MCCARTNEY

Start TestimonialKariega Main Lodge was the highlight of our trip. They bent over backwards for the kids, and we highly recommend it.End Testimonial

J MILLER

Start TestimonialI would like to thanks your for the excellent suggestions on where to stay and how to spend our time in South Africa. You have more then exceeded our expectations. We had an unbelieve time and will be going back as soon as we can. We loved each place and the hospitality we received was top class. The one place that really stood out was Kariega. Our experience here was one that will live on in our memery for a long time and our host Doctor was someone who deserves special mention. Once again thanks for your help and time in making our holiday a once in a life time experience.End Testimonial

J RYAN

Start TestimonialThe service provide by Travel Butlers, and especially yourself, was excellent. Kariega was great too and the animal sightings were fantastic.End Testimonial

T KAVANAGH

Start TestimonialKariega Main Lodge was a great place to stay. Excellent food, service, atmosphere. Tracey was excellent in terms of arranging everything.End Testimonial

K PINNELL

Start TestimonialWe had an AMAZING trip!!Thank you so much for organising the few days...it all went so seamlessly. La Petite Ferme was so so beautiful...such amazing food, wine, scenery, lovely staff...Also amazing food in the restaurants in fabulous Franschhoek itself. Phantom Forest was also stunning ... very relaxing. The 6 course dinner menu was spectacular. The bonfire after dinner with wine and beers and meeting other guests also great. Such helpful, polite staff. The safari at Kariega was outstanding, again along with the huge variety of food laid out in buffet style. We saw a herd of 19 elephants feeding which was pretty incredible. We didn't manage to see the lions but apparently the night before they had seen them devour an entire water buffalo - when we visited the next morning there was nothing left..! Thanks again for all your great help!! Much appreciated.End Testimonial

C LUCEY


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Kariega Main Lodge Location.

Directions For Drivers

From Port Elizabeth / Garden Route: Travel along the N2 towards Grahamstown. Approximately 50 km after Port Elizabeth, leave the N2 and take the off-ramp towards Port Alfred (R72). At the T-junction, turn right. Continue along the R72, and travel approximately 47 km until you reach Alexandria.

Continue through Alexandria until you reach Kenton-on-Sea, and then turn left onto the R343. Continue along this road for approximately 14 km and the Kariega Game Reserve Entrance will be signposted.



General Information For Guests

All the log chalets are air conditioned, with en-suite bedrooms, and large private viewing decks. Each has a spacious lounge and living area. Chalets also have a hair dryer and tea/coffee making facilities.

Internet connectivity is available at the main reception area.

Guests can complement their safari experience with a boat cruise down the Kariega River sighting abundant river birdlife, or take a kayak onto the river for a quiet paddle.

Kariega also offers guided safari walks with experienced rangers. This provides guests with the opportunity of walking amongst more than 25 species of game and an abundance of birdlife.

A babysitting service is available (additional cost).

Your rate also includes a compulsory Conservation and Community Levy - this contribution will aid conservation efforts as well as the anti-poaching unit and community projects.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve. 

The final decision on whether a guest can join a guided bush walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.


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